Research Experience

2011-now : Post-Doctoral Research Associate.

Reading with eccentric vision: psychophysical performance change & cortical reorganization after training (low-vision & normal-sighted subjects) , PI: Gordon E. Legge.
University of Minnesota, Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research.

2007-2011 : Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Neurosciences

Functional disorganization of oculomotor and attentional systems in low-vision patients; psychophysical approach, advised by Eric Castet.
CNRS, Mediterranean Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (INCM, UMR 6193).

Patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) have an impairment of the macula, which leads to the presence of a scotoma in their visual field. To compensate this impairment, patients have to use parts of their peripheral vision to substitute their missing central vision. Use of such readaptative strategies leads to a dissociation between oculomotor and attentional behaviours and patients mostly complain about a low reading speed.

The general purpose of my studies is to investigate reading processes in patients with central field loss (CFL) using psychophysical tools and mixed effects models analysis. One potential goal of these studies is to find some ways to enhance text display and improve visual readaptation. Thanks to a collaboration with the low-vision clinic of the hospital La Timone in Marseilles, I have been able to work with a relatively large set of AMD patients.

2007 : M.S. internship in Cognitive Neurosciences (6 months)

Psychophysical study of interligne effect on reading speed in low vision patients with AMD, advised by Eric Castet.
CNRS, Mediterranean Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (INCM, UMR 6193).

2006 : Research internship in Cognitive Neurosciences (1 month)

Study of spatial memory impairment in baby rats after injection of anti-epileptic drugs, advised by Bruno Poucet.
CNRS, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Cognition (LNC, UMR 6155).